Consortium for Emerging Technologies, Military Operations, and National Security (CETMONS) Joint Research Project

            This consortium was created to open up new fields of research at the intersection of technology, science, medicine, ethics, law, the social sciences, and national security.  It will bring Case Western Reserve’s faculty into the heart of vital policy debates about the development of new technologies that are the creations of engineers, scientists and medical researchers but can be purposed (or repurposed) for the military and other national security programs.  The central argument is that the ethical and social implications of leading-edge inventions must be explored at every stage of their development.   The consortium will foster opportunities for scholars to pursue new sources of external funding for original, ground-breaking interdisciplinary work on emerging technology.  The work our scholars will produce with their internal and external partners will inform national policy through direct advisement of the government, military, and private sectors. 

            The goal of this consortium is to map the higher level questions posed by emerging technologies to military effectiveness and national security, to identify gaps in current knowledge, and to provide information, insights and analysis that can support the development of policies and procedures supporting strong military and national security capabilities at all scales.  It is not to replicate or replace research and analysis focused on specific technologies, scenarios, or potential surprises; rather, it is to perform a qualitative meta-analysis that produces more learning and knowledge, and provides more guidance for policy, at an integrated level.

            At the first of the three planned workshops to be held during academic year 2009-2010, the following nine research focus areas were selected and populated with researchers:

  1. Military/National Security Roadmap for 2050 (developing a realistic image of where technology might be implemented by 2050 and evaluating existing DOD roadmaps) 
  2. International Law, Ethics, and Governance on Neural Technologies
  3. International Law, Ethics, and Governance on Robotics and National Security
  4. Enhanced Warfighters(ethical, legal, military culture, and governance implications of human enhancement, including genetic technologies, in designing human warfighters)
  5. Implications of the New Military Technologies for State/Social Relationships and Issues of Democracy and Political Theory (including cyber insects, lethal autonomous robots, neural enhancements, etc.) 
  6. Surveying Perceptions of Emerging Technologies in the Military and the General Public
  7. Information and Communication Technology
  8. Nonlethal Weapons
  9. Training and Education

            We are very excited to have the opportunity to support critical new research in these areas, and we anticipate opening up additional research focus areas in the future.  Already well populated with talent, the consortium is still growing and adding new partners and faculty members as word of the endeavor spreads.  Primary consortium members include:

  • Case Western Reserve University's Inamori International Center for Ethics and Ecellence
  • Arizona State University's Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics
  • The United States Naval Academy's Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership
  • Georgia Institute of Technology's Center for Ethics and Technology
  • Notre Dame University's Reilly Center for Technology and Values
            We expect this consortium to be a long-lived endeavor and that CWRU researchers and graduate students will work on multiple consortium projects.  Work products from the consortium activity will include books, articles, case studies, white papers, journals, and the consortium website and e-zine.  For more information, please visit